Steven Black excited to join Cardinal offense

After signing with Louisville in 2005, former Vestavia Hills (Ala.) High School receiver Steven Black fell short of meeting academic requirements to become a Cardinal as a true freshman. He's now entering his second year at East Mississippi Community College and focusing on two things - winning and becoming a Cardinal.

One might want to consider East Mississippi Community College and former University of Louisville signee Steven Black the first member of the Cardinals 2007 recruiting class.

When last spoke with the 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver earlier this month, he stated that while he had yet to hear from the Louisville coaching staff about joining in the squad in 2007, that he was still planning on becoming a Cardinal.

A recent letter from a U of L assistant indicates that the Cardinal staff feels the same.

"I got a hand written letter from Joe Whitt not that long ago and he said that they are looking forward to me coming up there," Black said on Sunday.

Just as he was during his final year of prep ball, Black is excited about the possibility of joining the Bobby Petrino offense.

"I'm excited about being apart of that offense," he said. "They really move the ball around and score a lot of points."

As a freshman at East Mississippi CC, Steven totaled 30 receptions for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns in just 6 games.

"I think I'll be ahead of other guys that would be coming in for the first time," he said of his experience gained on the junior college level. "I'd be more up to the speed of the game. It'll still be faster then what I'm used to, but I think I'd be able to adjust to it quicker because of playing in junior college. I'll be able to read coverages and pick up on things quicker because of my experience."

The gifted receiver is likely to become a hot target once again this fall, both on and off the field. Programs such as Oklahoma State and Southern Miss have already expressed heavy interest.

"I'm focused on going to Louisville, but I'm going to keep my options open for awhile," he explained. "I'm planning on going up to Louisville to play."

East Mississippi CC begin two-a-day's on August 9.


Steven Black will team up with 2006 University of Louisville signee Demetrius Culpepper at East Mississippi CC this fall.


Join's Michael McCammon and others for the season's initial football recruiting chat on Sunday, July 23 at 9:30 p.m. (ET). The chat is available to all ITV premium subscribers and can be accessed by clicking on the link at the top left of the message boards.

Cardinal Authority Top Stories